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Lighting Tips

5 Point Lighting Tutorial

By Anthony Thurston on April 25th 2013

I was passed this link to a great video on 5 point lighting today and I wanted to share that with you all today. The video itself is a promotional video for a studio video lighting kit, but the principles that they talk about are great for both photos and videos.

I think that what I like about the video the most is that since they are doing a demo with hot lights you can actually see the changes in how the shadows and highlights look in the given positions of each light. I don’t know about you, but it really helps me understand the changes in light being able to see them move like that. I think it is too easy for newer photographers to just setup their lights, take a test shot and say “that’s good”. Take the time to move lights around, and be creative with your lighting. In the end it will help you grow more as a photographer, even if your creative lighting looks bad it helps you better understand light and that is the key to photography.

Checkout the video below.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting.

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